to sit upon (eggs) for the purpose of hatching.
to hatch (eggs), as by sitting upon them or by artificial heat.
to maintain at a favorable temperature and in other conditions promoting development, as cultures of bacteria or prematurely born infants.
to develop or produce as if by hatching; give form to: His brain was incubating schemes for raising money.
- in·cu·ba·tive, adjective
- un·in·cu·bat·ed, adjective
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How to use incubate in a sentence
TikTok is “a perfect platform to fail fast and learn quickly, because the appetite for the content is not as rigid or prescribed as some of the other platforms we have spent time incubating,” she noted.TikTok pays Group Nine Media to create science videos as Gen Z segment grows | Sara Guaglione | February 3, 2021 | Digiday
The monitors appear to lay their eggs over a few weeks and leave, letting them incubate over the eight-month dry season, Doody says.Monitor lizards’ huge burrow systems can shelter hundreds of small animals | Jake Buehler | January 19, 2021 | Science News
Fabulous was incubated at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight, which is led by Professor Dan Ariely.Can habit-tracking apps help bring some routine back to our quarantine lives? | Nisha Chittal | January 1, 2021 | Vox
The researchers then collected and incubated microbes from both locations in a refrigerator and provided them with hydrogen and carbon dioxide.Glacier-dwelling bacteria thrive on chemical energy derived from rocks and water | Kate Baggaley | December 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
I asked David whether I could use his class to incubate my cubesat idea.
They employ and fund researchers, incubate and test new technologies relating to energy storage, production and carbon capture.
Texas may be a testing ground, but it is in Silicon Valley that ideas germinate and incubate.
Koch helped kill one species of Democratic politics and incubate another.
And so DeMint, an implacable foe of Obamacare, will now get paid to run the organization that helped incubate Obamacare.
In another study, “one man reported that he felt compelled to incubate and help hatch out a clutch of bantam chickens.”
Both sexes take part in nest construction, but the hen alone appears to incubate.A Bird Calendar for Northern India | Douglas Dewar
incubate at 37° C. for forty-eight hours and eliminate any contaminated tubes.
incubate at 37° C. for forty-eight hours and eliminate any contaminated culture flasks.
incubate for forty-eight hours at 37° C. and reject any contaminated tubes.
incubate at 37° C. for forty-eight hours to eliminate contaminated tubes.
British Dictionary definitions for incubate
(of birds) to supply (eggs) with heat for their development, esp by sitting on them
to cause (eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc) to develop, esp in an incubator or culture medium
(intr) (of eggs, embryos, bacteria, etc) to develop in favourable conditions, esp in an incubator
(intr) (of disease germs) to remain inactive in an animal or human before causing disease
to develop or cause to develop gradually; foment or be fomented
- incubation, noun
- incubational, adjective
- incubative or incubatory, adjective
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